Pat Parks said of attaining the rank of Lt. Colonel that it took “17 years to get there and 17 years as a Lt.Col” before he retired from the USAF.
Pat was born Sept. 19, 1934, in Sioux City. In April 1958, Pat married Patricia Barber of Bronson, Iowa, and they had four children and 62 years of marriage together.
After joining the Iowa Air National Guard at age 17, Pat graduated from Wayne State Teachers College. He taught at Central High School and Sergeant Bluff-Luton School District for several years before becoming activated in 1968 for the Vietnam war conflict.
He was an Air Force fighter pilot and stationed in Phu Cat, Vietnam, with the 174th tactical fighter squadron of the Iowa Air National Guard.
Upon returning from the war in 1969, he continued a full-time career with the Iowa Air National Guard here in Sioux City. He served almost 35 years doing what he loved, flying jets.
He was a member of the Super Sabre Society, American Legion, and the Knights of Columbus. Pat loved playing golf and spending time with his family. Many Sergeant Bluff graduates took driver’s education from Pat as he did this as a part-time job in addition to his military career.